What Causes Bad Breath?
Morning breath happens to everyone, however, some people may experience a much more drastic case than others. Find out the reason your mouth smells bad in the morning and what you can do to decrease the severity with Dr. Robert Brooks at Brooks Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA.
Why does my breath smell in the morning?
Your saliva helps wash away things that could cause bad breath like food particles or bacteria. However, when you sleep at night, your mouth produces less saliva. This lack of production coupled with your mouth being closed all night causes bad breath. Additionally, those who breathe through their mouth or take certain medications are more susceptible to decreased saliva production and, in turn, bad breath.
What can I do to make my morning breath better?
The first step to improving your breath is to improve your overall oral health. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes using a soft-bristled brush. Brush your tongue as well, especially if you notice that it has a thick white layer on it. Floss at least once a day between every tooth. By taking action to remove or reduce the bacteria in your mouth, you improve your chances of avoiding tooth decay and having better breath. However, to truly keep your oral health a priority, you should see your dentist for regular examinations and cleanings.
Regular Dental Examinations and Treatments in McDonough, GA
See your dentist at least twice a year for regular dental examinations and cleanings. These appointments can help you keep your health in top shape and also allow your dentist to find problems within your smile early. This could mean the difference between a simple tooth filling for a small cavity and a root canal for a heavily decayed tooth. Additionally, regular teeth cleanings can help you prevent tooth decay and gum disease before it happens.
For more information on dental examinations, cleanings or ways to curb the severity of your breath, please contact Dr. Brooks at Brooks Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA. Call (678) 583-0330 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Brooks today!